The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Bauchi State Chapter has declared that the Fulani tribe is being marginalised in the country, the DailyPosts reports.
According to the State Chairman of the Bauchi Chapter of MACBAN, Sadiq Ibrahim who stated this at the weekend during the Bauchi South Zonal meeting of the association said that the Fulani ethnic nationality is not given the due attention it deserves in the country but, are always accused of committing all crimes.
Mr. Ibrahim noted that governments at all levels have denied the Fulani of social amenities, such as roads, grazing lands, and cattle routes, water for both human and animal consumption, among others.
He said that despite that Fulani are the most peaceful tribe in Nigeria, they are being deprived of the good things of life in the country.
The state chairman, who said that they have been pushed to the wall, urged the Fulani people to unite together in order to fight for their rights and the privileges they are entitled to as Nigerians.
In his words, “We are calling on the Fulanis to forge a united front with a view to fighting for their rights and privileges as they have been relegated to the background.
“They have been pushed to the wall to stand upright and fight for social amenities government provides for others.
“The Fulani are the most peaceful and easily going tribe in the country but sadly, they have been deprived of social amenities as well as government’s economic welfare packages such as farming and industrial loan provision, among others.
“There is the need for unity of purpose among the Fulani as it relates to peaceful existence, curbing criminal and criminality in the society, as well as embracing government’s policies and programmes,” the Bauchi MACBAN chairman said.
The MACBAN State Chairman said that the zonal meeting was held in order to address the challenges of cattle rustling and other criminal activities bedevilling the state, including banditry.
He lamented how successive governments at all levels have failed to carry the Fulani along in its plan over the years, noting that the needs of Fulani are not even captured in annual budgets.
Bauchi State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Alhaji Adamu Manu Soro, while speaking at the meeting, said that despite the fact that the State Executive Council had already approved the 2021 budget estimates, MACBAN should make its demands to the state government for possible fusion into the budget.
However, the commissioner urged the Fulani and farmers in the State to live in peace, saying they should be united for the progress of the nation.
On his part, the Special Adviser to the state governor on political affairs, Bappah Haruna Disina, declared that there was no justification for the Fulani to be treated as outsiders in a country like Nigeria, where they have been for the past 400 years.
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